The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

ARC Next to the Eiffel Tower the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the must see places when visiting Paris, France.  This  highly visited monument stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées and is a sight to behold. However make sure you do actually see this arch as it is not the only one in the city.  The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, smaller and topped with soldiers, is located on the site of the former Tuileries Palace to commemorate military victories of Napoleon.  Both arches were built in the same year, while this one in my blog post too thirty years to be built and stands twice as tall.  Having seen the arch depicted in so many films and television programmes I had not realised there was more than one arch and thought it would be a good point to share with those visiting Paris for the first time. 405551_831101095291_1202322294_n I spent quite a bit of time just looking up and staring at all the amazing and intericate details in the stone work.  You could simply see it, snap a photo, and move on to the next place.  However, I highly suggest taking some time to really take it all in as there is much you can see and do at the arch. 418853_831100970541_229516279_n


  • The Walls and the Facade of the Arch
  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • The Memorial Flame
  • The Roof Top View

427419_831101000481_1312809047_n We arrived at an opportune time to see the ceremony that is held daily at the Arch. The Memorial Flame, which is lit every evening, burns in the memory of the dead never identified. It serves as a lasting tribute to the soldiers of World War I & II. You can view this ceremony for yourself which is held at the tomb at 6:30 pm every day.  555640_831101110261_487906141_n I will say we did not get to go to the top on our visit this time as it had quite a long queue. So do make sure to plan a head and find a great time to visit. I have heard the view from the top is one not to be missed!  Here are some more of my favourite photographs from our trip:555749_831101045391_934690037_n 557220_831101080321_187177839_n 558301_831101025431_204571180_n 575993_831100985511_116594075_n traveltuesdayspotlight_bath2 This week I chose my former co-host’s post from Bath…as it is currently my hometown and I just loved seeing Bath through her own eyes and camera lens.  I am so glad that you had such a great time Mel and hope that we will get to meet up again soon, since we missed out this time around.  Anyone who is planning a trip in the future to England should see her post about this lovely historic town and what makes it a place worth seeing.  She has definitely influenced a future post I want to write for a Travel Tuesday link up and was a great one to read last week while I was home sick.  You can read her post here about the City of Bath and why it is her favourite in England.

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  • Kaelene Spence

    When I was in Paris for the first time it was during the presidential interrogation. It was really amazing to see the guards surrounding the Arc, on the roof, everywhere! I was glad when I went back a second time and was able to get up close to the Arc to take in all those lovely details.

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I view from the top is amazing! You’ll have to try to go up next time!

  • Corinne Vail

    I love the Arch! The views are spectacular. It’s great you were able to see them lay the wreath.

  • Sarah Shumate

    Great pictures! The view from the top really is worth seeing. We went at night and loved it!

  • Margo

    Bonnie Rose – you did a fantastic job capturing the Arc de Triomphe! I find it so tricky to create emotion in buildings and structures but you did it beautifully. Surprisingly, I’ve missed the Arch every time I’ve been to Paris, shame on me.

  • Laura Rocksteady

    Oh how I love Paris so much, I have been to the Arc twice and would love to visit again – such a beautiful and impressive sight :) Your photos are wonderful as always :)

    Laura x

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe

    Beautiful photos, as always, Bonnie!!

  • Van @ On the Road again

    I agree – beautiful pictures! I still haven’t been to Paris (as long as Disneyland Paris doesn’t count) but I really want to go there some day!

  • Anda Alexandra

    awesome pictures, you are the best Bonnie :) I went to Paris and saw the Arc but not very close and personal. It is a must for the next trip :)

  • Fi Evans

    I can’t believe I never considered wandering around the Arc, I just saw it from afar. It truly is beautiful though and great pictures!

  • Julie

    I didn’t know there was more than one Arc! Good to know. I really hope I can make it to Paris some day soon! :)

  • Food Booze & Baggage

    Great photos! We went to the Arc on our trip, it was the one place the husband really wanted to see as it is where the Tour de France always ends.

  • ElenasTravelgram

    All the times I’ve been to Paris, I couldn’t make it to the top of the Arch. The view of the city from there should be fascinating!

  • Erin @Quintessentially English

    Beautiful photos as always Bonnie! I love going to the Arc de Triomphe, just don’t like driving around it. Feel like I might die!

    Erin x

  • Anna

    I went to Paris once years ago but never saw the Arc. Hopefully next time! I would love to see the view from the top!

  • Meredith

    I have been up to the top and the views truly are amazing! But I had no idea about the ceremony for the flame! Something to put on my list for next time :)

  • Sammy Dorn

    When I was in Paris we did a walking tour and the guide said that some Australians put the flame OUT. They got banned from France and rightly so. How embarassing

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    My husband and 2 boys are heading to Paris for a rugby match on Saturday and are planning to visit L’Arc de Triomphe. I’m guessing they may not be the only ones and may not have the time to go up it. However a few weeks back we were in Paris and prebooked tickets to go up the Montparnasse Tower. We went early, walked straight in and had a fabulous view across Paris. Well worth doing!

  • Christina Langner

    I’ve never been to paris but am definitely going to travel there this or next year, great pictures and impresions!

    Much love xxx

  • Ellen

    Great pictures as always!